I recently joined the Merchant Navy as an Deck Officer Cadet. I am training to become an Officer, and part of this requires me to attend College for the next five months. I am the oldest in my small class and most of my colleagues are between the ages of 17-20.
In class, a lot of the conversations are centred on the sexual exploits of certain class members. They brag about their "conquests" a lot. Many of the younger ones are virgins and I can tell that these conversations make them feel uneasy and shy because the others often make fun of them.
As a faithful Catholic, I generally steer clear of these conversations. However, I really dislike the fact that certain people ridicule others for being sexually inexperienced. Before I became a serious Catholic, I slept with many women but I feel a sense of shame about this now that I am striving to live my faith seriously. I often feel like sticking up for the younger ones but I just keep my mouth shut.
This whole situation has caused me to reflect on the fact that virginity is seriously ridiculed these days. Why is this? When did virginity stop being a virtue?